NATURAL RESOURCE MANAGEMENT
Raleigh Tanzania is currently working alongside project partner TFCG (Tanzania Forest Conservation Group) in the southern Udzungwa Mountains. This is a long-term project aimed to raise awareness amongst local communities of the importance of sustainable forest management, and to protect and conserve Tanzania’s forests. To begin with Raleigh works alongside the TFCG to establish a number of tree nurseries in each village. Groups then clear and work the land, plant seeds and eventually transplant the seedlings which will be maintained in a tree nursery until planting season. Beyond this Raleigh teams work alongside TFCG field officers and community members to establish a long-term care plan for the seedlings, so that they are protected throughout their life cycle. Raleigh volunteers also teach new skills to those communities close to the forests, for alternative livelihood options such as fishing and bee keeping.
The village of Iyegeya, located in the mountains of Mufundi, is currently part of a Raleigh natural resource management (NRM) program. Tree felling in the area is a major problem as timber is used for most things such as building and for charcoal, which is used for cooking. To combat this issue volunteers are tasked with filling and caring for 150,000 seedling tubes, which will be transplanted to local farms before growing into full size pine trees. Raleigh mobilise community members to help with the task, including farmers who will benefit from the seedlings once they are fully grown. Alongside the physical work volunteers deliver lessons at the Iyegeya primary school, as the main livelihood in the area is timber, lessons cover topics such as climate protection and sustainable farming.